I've just decided not to buy a book that is favorably reviewed because of the ending which isn't even close to being a happily-ever-after kind. It occurs to me that I'm a big coward that way - I can accept many things in a novel, from graphic violence to alien voodoo sex, but I run away screaming from a book the moment someone tells me that it doesn't have a happy ending. I'm also that person who walks away unhappy from the theater if a movie doesn't have a happy ending. (Of course, there are romance novels where a terrible ending involving the violent death of a main character would have made me happy but that's a different thing altogether.)
I've come across brave new authors who want to write romance yet with a "radical" idea of putting in non-HEA endings in their stories, as if love stories since civilization started never had a non-HEA before. A HEA is a limitation on their vision or creativity, I think, or something like that. To these authors, the next time they email me sneering at the supposed Pollyanna "escapist" attitudes of the genre, I'd say, yes, more power to them, go write that love story where everybody dies or get separated at the end. Is there room in the genre for non-HEA romances? Sure, why not, it's only fair if there are books in the mystery genre where the crime gets unsolved. Just don't expect me to buy that book with a non-HEA ending because that's not what I'm looking for. You can write, no one's stopping you, but I won't buy. It's that simple!
Complete Idiot's Guide to Writing Erotic Romance by Alison Kent
In other news, I found this book going on sale at my usual bookstore at a price that I can't resist:I don't know what I'm going to do with it, but if I have time, I may write something short based on the advice of this book just for kicks and send it to an epublisher just to see how well this book works. If I have time, that is. You think I should do it? Dream Jobs to Go! How to Get Free Books (and Maybe Even Get Paid!) as a Book Reviewer by Deborah Bouziden
I can't believe someone actually tries to sell a book to tell people how to be a book reviewer. This book costs $12.95, mind you. Next thing I know, someone will be telling me that I need to get some sort of degree to slap together a website and start yammering my head off about a book. I wonder what kind of information is inside this book. How to write cover letters that will impress Laurie Gold from All About Romance to take you on as a reviewer? How to use marketing catchphrases to sell books on authors' behalf? The mind boggles.
I think I'll start charging people for my advice as well.